Associated Press
February 10, 2000

Clinton Accuses Giuliani of Insults


LITTLE FALLS, N.Y. (AP) --Hillary Rodham Clinton today accused Rudy Giuliani of running a campaign based on insults and demanded that the New York City mayor release all the fund-raising letters he has mailed out for the past two years.

"I would like the people of New York to know there's a big difference between the kind of campaigns we're running," Clinton said outside a restaurant in Little Falls. "I intend to run a campaign based on issues and ideas, not on insults."

Clinton used her stop in this Herkimer County town, between Utica and Albany, to continue for a second day her attacks on Giuliani over a fund-raising letter he had sent out to conservatives.

"I think it is wrong to use religion as a political weapon and he should know that," Clinton said.

On Wednesday, Giuliani dismissed with a laugh Clinton's attacks and said that he stands by his claim. He also said teachers should be able to post the Ten Commandments in the classroom.

At issue was an eight-page fund-raising letter sent to conservatives by the Republican mayor.

"Hillary Clinton further revealed her hostility towards America's religious traditions when she attacked Gov. George W. Bush's idea that we should look toward America's faith-based charities more than government programs to address social problems," the letter said.

"I stand by everything I said in the letter," Giuliani said at a New York news conference on Wednesday. He said it had been mailed out in October and that he would "be more than happy to have everyone in the state read that letter."

Clinton campaign spokesman Howard Wolfson said the first lady had never attacked Bush's proposal and supports using faith-based charities to carry out social programs if it is done in a constitutional manner.

"I have worked very hard my entire life to support our fundamental religious values in my own life and in our public life," said Clinton, a former Sunday school teacher who was raised in a devout Methodist family.

She made her comments at a Rochester hotel after contents of the letter were published by the weekly Village Voice newspaper.

Asked if she wanted an apology from the mayor, Clinton said: "He'll have to decide what he is going to do."

The mayor remained defiant, saying the Clinton campaign "injected it (religion) into the race." And, he told reporters, "You guys get spun sometimes like out of your mind, its unbelievable ... The reality is nobody attacked her."

Also on Wednesday, Rep. Rick Lazio, R-N.Y., said he was considering the New York Conservative Party's invitation to enter the Senate race. However, Lazio said he would only do so if he ran on the Republican line as well. He added that he still has not ruled out challenging Giuliani for the nomination.

Lazio had $4 million in the bank and was prepared to seek the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate last year before Gov. George Pataki urged him to step aside in favor of the better-known mayor.

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